Deferred polling

​Ialibu-Pangia set to poll today

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is in the district to cast his vote.

The polling was scheduled for Friday but was deferred because of late ballot boxes.

It is also understood that candidates have also presented a petition to the Returning Officer and Election Manager on Friday to defer the polls.

More update to come....

Candidates behind disruption of polls: Turi

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Ben Turi, believes these individuals’ ploy was to buy time to gather support.

He based his conviction on intel received from NCD police officers deployed to the highlands region.

“NCD officers have been calling me from Mt Hagen and Southern Highlands that a lot of people are getting on planes to come double vote in Port Moresby.

“NCD polling has never failed before. It was orchestrated so that their supporters could return and vote again.”

NCD candidates to petition Gamato

Among those are NCD Regional candidates Andy Bawa, Jamie Maxtone Graham and Moresby North-East candidate John Kaupa.

They are intending to give a second petition to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato. The reason behind this activity is yet to be determined.

Commissioner Gamato is now meeting with them.

More updates to follow.

​Officials convoying back to EC headquarters

This also includes disgruntled voters, who lined up in front to demand answers as to why polling was called off in NCD.

Tension is seen to be very high around the Boroko area at the moment as police vehicles are escorting all officials back to the EC head office.

Many disgruntled voters and candidates are very unhappy about the turnout of events in the nation's capital and are demanding answers from officials.

More and more people are gathering and police presence is seen to be more active now, to control and escort officials to bring in the polling materials.